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My family's African adventure

My adventure started when my family traveled to Africa in the summer of 2015. We went on safari in Tanzania. We saw lots of animals, including lions, leopards, rhinos, Cape buffalo, and elephants. We learned all about their daily life. We also learned about plants and the acacia tree, which is a spiky tree that covers the Tanzanian landscape.

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A chat with 'Rock Dog's' Luke Wilson

We went to an advanced screening of the new animated movie "Rock Dog." We absolutely loved the movie! It is about a Tibetan mastiff named Bodi (voiced by Luke Wilson), who lives in a village on Snow Mountain.

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Parents @ Play: 2017 Toy Fair trends

Every year at about this time, every toy, game, collectible, and indoor- or outdoor plaything goes on display at New York Toy Fair. And, as usual, your Parents@Play team fearlessly braved the frigid weather (although, this year it was practically balmy) to bring you a glimpse into this year's up-and-coming trends.

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Ex-etiquette: A personal ex-etiquette experience

So that you, my readers, understand that I also face ex-etiquette dilemmas, here's an ex-etiquette issue I recently had to deal with myself. My daughter's father and I have been divorced for years but our daughter recently asked us both to travel from California to New York City to help her get settled in the next stage of her life. She confessed she was a little afraid to make the move alone and wanted both her parents there for moral support. Her dad and I get along fine so we agreed, but traveling with an ex presents interesting problems.

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Living with Children: Adopted son wants to live with biological mother

Q: Our 14-year-old son, who was adopted by open adoption, now wants to go live with his biological mother. She was completely out of the picture until a couple of years ago when she suddenly showed up, telling us that she'd completely changed her life and wanted to re-establish contact with "her" son. At first, it was just phone calls. Then she asked for daytime visits, then overnights. Then he wanted to go on vacation with her last summer. In the meantime, he's become more and more difficult to live with - moody and disrespectful, mostly, and his grades have taken a nose dive. He's told us he doesn't want to live with us anymore. I think he believes there will be no rules with her and he'll be able to eat ice cream all day long, figuratively speaking. What should we do?

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Ask Mr. Dad: Funny, you don't look like you're pregnant, Dad.

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife is about four months pregnant and I'm really excited about becoming a new dad. The problem is that I've recently put on some weight (which is really weird, since I weigh exactly what I did in high school). I've also been having nosebleeds and I'm vomiting a lot (which is also weird, since I almost never do either one). I'm too embarrassed to talk to my wife about this and I'm certainly not going to ask my doctor. But I thought you might be able to help me figure out what's going on. Got any ideas about why this is happening?

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What you need to know about potty training

Toddlers are typically ready to learn to use the toilet between 2 and 4 years of age. Just like crawling, walking or sleeping through the night, potty training is a learned skill that can't be taught in one day. Rather than focusing on a specific age, you should begin potty training when your child shows multiple signs that they're ready.

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App review: 1600, an augmented reality tour of the White House

Parents need to know that 1600 transforms a real dollar bill into the White House and its grounds in the app through augmented reality technology (AR). Center the app's screen on the face of a dollar bill and watch the images on the bill transform into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Tour the animated scene (among many others) and watch images such as the presidential helicopter land on the grass as Secret Service agents stand guard on the roof. Parents may need to help younger kids with 1600 because it's not easy to consistently tilt your device just right to continue the tour. When it hits a glitch, the app returns to the beginning, which can be frustrating. Read the White House privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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Social Security: Social Security celebrates Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, we honor African Americans by celebrating Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Douglass on February 14. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together for over a century.

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The birth of Oroville Dam | Watch construction of tallest dam in the U.S. in the 1960s

A 1990s documentary uses archival footage to detail the construction of the Oroville Dam, an earthfill embankment dam on the Feather River east of the city of Oroville, California, in the United States that was built during the period 1961 to 1968. At 770 feet, it is the tallest dam in the United States and serves mainly for water supply, hydroelectricity generation and flood control. The dam's main and emergency spillways were significantly damaged in February 2017. This prompted the evacuation of more than 180,000 people living downstream along the Feather River.
Archive DWR footage via WDTVLIVE42
The birth of Oroville Dam | Watch construction of tallest dam in the U.S. in the 1960s 5:38

The birth of Oroville Dam | Watch construction of tallest dam in the U.S. in the 1960s

Cesar Martinez on Pacheco's historic night 1:54

Cesar Martinez on Pacheco's historic night

Car slams into house in Ceres 0:37

Car slams into house in Ceres

NASA investigates water supply in snow 1:08

NASA investigates water supply in snow